Bold Moves to End Sexual Violence: We’re Funding Projects to End Rape and Assault in One Generation

Ms. is a proud media sponsor of the 2018 National Sexual Assault Conference, co-hosted by the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. This year’s NSAC theme is “Bold Moves: Ending Sexual Violence in One Generation.” Leading up to the event, we’ll be posting pieces by presenters and major speakers highlighting their plans to make those moves right here on the Ms. blog. Click the banner image above or this link for more Bold Moves posts.

RALIANCE advocates for prevention funding and policies that put the needs of survivors first. That’s why we’re supporting a track at the 2018 National Sexual Assault Conference: We want to share what we’ve learned and engage with people interested in concrete prevention solutions.

As a funder, our partnership has supported 52 projects in the last three years. That support has meant $2.3 million in grants that have furthered prevention in communities across the country. And we’ve opened another round of funding with a deadline closing soon: August 24, 2018.

Protestors at the Women’s March on Austin, Texas in 2017 took aim at rape culture. (Steve Rainwater / Creative Commons)

Bold moves are necessary to end sexual violence in one generation. That’s why we are supporting projects that can be replicated in other communities that would benefit from a pilot project approach to test their efficacy and impact, or that need scaling up.  

RALIANCE sees three prevention strategies working simultaneously as the key to enact lasting change: We must support survivors and increase access to services, we must prevent perpetration and look at the ways we can intervene earlier before harm occurs and we must change our culture by thinking creatively about community-based prevention solutions.

Several of our grantees will be sharing their projects at #NSAC2018. If you won’t be on site with us in Anaheim for #BoldMoves, we created an online searchable archive where you can learn more about concrete prevention solutions, lessons learned and how projects are impacting communities.

Julie Patrick is the National Partners Liaison for RALIANCE and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. Her work focuses on changing the conversation about sexual violence through efforts with the news media as well as advocates, allies and survivors. Prior to RALIANCE, Julie served for over a decade as the Senior Special Projects Coordinator with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria, VA and managed the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse & Exploitation.

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